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Check out an excerpt of 'Sweet Valley' spin-off 'The Sweet Life' -- EXCLUSIVE


Remember when Sweet Valley Confidential came out last year and it made you realize how much you’ve missed Elizabeth and Jessica Wakefield, Sweet Valley High‘s  impossibly beautiful but oh-so-human twins? You were not alone — the book peaked at No. 14 on the New York Times‘ Hardcover Fiction list — and now Sweet Valley creator Francine Pascal will feed your brain’s nostalgia center yet again with more tales of Liz and Jessica’s grown-up travails. On July 15, St. Martin’s Press will launch The Sweet Life, a six-part series for e-readers that picks up three years after Confidential left off. And you won’t have to wait long for each new installment — the first two books debut July 15, with a new novella ($1.99 each) following every Sunday through August 12. (As someone who vividly remembers begging my mom to take me to the mall so I could scour the “young adult” section at B. Dalton for the latest SVH book, the one-week waiting period is a major plus.) Just in case your inner 13-year-old hasn’t passed out from excitement yet, there’s one more bit of Sweet Valley news to absorb: Starting October 1, St. Martin’s will re-release the first twelve Sweet Valley High books for e-readers (awesome original covers included).

Before you read the excerpt from chapter one of The Sweet Life, here’s a little background: Jessica is now married to Todd Wilkins (still can’t get over that!) and Lizzie is shacking up with reformed bad-boy Bruce Patman. Wait a minute, shacking up? Bruce didn’t put a ring on it? Francine Pascal, please explain yourself! “Well I think they just weren’t ready at the moment to get married, and maybe they never are going to get married,” Pascal tells “It’s okay for Elizabeth, she’s been such a straight arrow — and I want her to be a little unexpected.” In totally expected news, Jessica and Todd’s marriage is on the rocks. “Todd has this problem about who his wife should be,” says Pascal. “He’s working off that high school Jessica and she’s not that person anymore.”  Click through to read the excerpt (you can read the entire first chapter on Sweet Valley Confidential’s Facebook page this Monday), and to read more of my interview with Pascal, who explains why she loves Bruce Patman, hates the Real Housewives, and what she thinks about the long-in-development SVH movie.

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'Sweet Valley High' creator Francine Pascal on the sequel, the movie, and (perhaps) another book


Sweet Valley Confidential: Ten Years Later — the Wakefield-twins-grow-up sequel to the massively successful ’80s teen book series — is making 30-something women across the country squeal with nostalgia and, as a result, climbing the bestseller lists. (It debuted on the New York Times Hardcover Bestseller List at No. 14.) We sat down with creator/author Francine Pascal (she came up with the idea for the series and plotted out the stories for each of the 152 books, but she didn’t actually write a full Sweet Valley book until this one!) to talk about the surprisingly long shelf life of the impossibly perfect twins Elizabeth and Jessica Wakefield. Coming soon: a movie version, another possible sequel, and — SVH scoop alert! —  lavaliers just like the Wakefield twins wear, complete with engraved Es and Js. (Available soon through the book’s site.)

What has the reaction from fans been like?
They are very excited about it. I think it’s kind-of the Facebook phenomenon in a sense: You want to find out what those people you went to high school with are up to. That’s exactly what this is, because you went to high school with these people. Though I hope it’s more interesting than most people you want to high school with, of course! READ FULL STORY

Sweet Valley High Sequel: What I'd Love to See

Brush off your Droids cassette and put on your lavalieres – the Wakefield twins are back. And I don’t mean in Diablo Cody’s movie adaptation of the series.

No, according to  St. Martin’s, Sweet Valley High‘s Jessica and Elizabeth Wakefield – the identical twins with blonde hair, eyes the color of the Pacific Ocean and “perfect size six” figures – will return to bookstores, possibly as soon as early next year, in Sweet Valley Confidential, a book chronicling their lives as twenty-somethings.

Rumors have swirled for years that SVH creator Francine Pascal was working on a book focusing on the twins and their friends several years out of high school. Late last month, the SVH world went into a frenzy when an editorial assistant at St. Martin’s confirmed the existence of the novel, giving  Shannon’s Sweet Valley Blog a tentative publishing date of February 2011. While there is no word yet on what characters will appear in the book, there is a plethora to choose from. I think it’s safe to say that Lila Fowler, Jessica’s rich frenemy and my personal favorite, will make an appearance, as will Porsche-driving Bruce Patman and Elizabeth’s moody on-again off-again boyfriend Todd Wilkins. Continuity has never been one of Sweet Valley’s strong points, so I won’t really mind if the book pretends Sweet Valley Senior Year and Sweet Valley University never happened, focuses on just SVH characters, and retains the same fabulous campy quality as the original series.

So, what plots/characters would you like to see in Sweet Valley Confidential? Are there any other YA series that need to reappear with the characters grown up?

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